« Ottoman series rules TV ratings in Turkey » – Hürriyet Daily News

"Muhteşem Yüzyıl". Source : Hürriyet

« Despite drawing massive reaction from conservative circles and a warning from Turkish media watchdog, ‘Muhteşem Yüzyıl,’ a soap opera based on events that occurred during the reign of Süleyman I, continues to be the most-watched television series » (…)

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=the-8216magnificent8217-hits-top-ratings-2011-01-14

« Turkey in move to allow 50% foreign TV ownership » – Sabah

Source : Sabah

« Turkey’s parliament approved on Thursday legislation allowing foreigners to own 50 percent of Turkish broadcasters, doubling the limit and paving the way for more acquisitions from abroad.

Voting was continuing on other articles of the broadcasting law in parliament.

The law is expected to shift investors’ attention to buyouts in Turkey’s fast-growing media industry. Turkey’s media sector is dominated by Dogan Yayin (DYHOL.IS), which owns major television stations as well as mass circulation newspapers such as Hurriyet and Milliyet.

Dogan Yayin, embroiled in a legal battle against crippling tax fines, plans to sell its assets and has put bids from Time Warner and two U.S. private equity funds, KKR (KKR.N) and TPG [TPG.UL], on a shortlist of potential buyers for the media group’s assets, excluding the flagship Hurriyet daily, sources familiar with the deal told Reuters on Wednesday.

The move is « positive for Dogan Group, » said broker Seker Yatirim in a report to clients after the approval.

Dogan Yayin is also preparing to sell its flagship Hurriyet (HURGZ.IS) daily newspaper separately, another source close to the process told Reuters, adding investment bank Goldman Sachs will invite initial bids by Feb. 1.

Hurriyet shares rallied as much as 15 percent on Wednesday and closed 13.4 percent higher at 2.11 lira. The stock jumped another 4.3 percent on Thursday at 1530 GMT close of trading, and Dogan Yayin shares advanced 5.4 percent.

The ruling, pro-business AK Party, tried to reform foreign ownership rules in 2005 but the bill was vetoed by the former president.

The current president, Abdullah Gul, is a former AK Party member, and has a track record of approving legislation passed by the AKP-dominated parliament.

A young population, coupled with the fastest economic growth in Europe, makes the Turkish media market attractive to investors. « 

Source : Sabah

« Turkish broadcasting board moves to change episode length » – Hürriyet

« Turkey’s Supreme Board of Radio and Television, or RTÜK, has launched a pilot study of the long duration of serial episodes in Turkey, addressing complaints from viewers.

“Our institution considers viewers’ concerns, rather than just those of broadcasters, bringing new regulations to address their demands as well,” said RTÜK Chairman Davut Dursun, according to an Anatolia news agency Sunday report. »

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=rtuk-launched-research-on-long-serial-episodes-time-length-2011-01-02

« Demand for TV shows inspires Turkish entrepreneurs » – Hürriyet Daily News

The famous Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul has been replicated for a new movie. (Source : Hürriyet)

 » The increasing number of Turkish television and film dramas has led to a rise of new business opportunities and encouraged well-established entrepreneurs to launch previously unthinkable new investments.

Some companies have started constructing modern film studios to provide setting infrastructure for TV shows, with the Özyurt Group making an exact replica of the famous Dolmabahçe Palace in their studio complex for the movie “Mahpeyker.”

Özyurt Group board member Rüstem Metin Yurttaş said they had accelerated investments to provide the best service for Turkey’s film and television industry, which is worth 2 billion Turkish Liras.

“We saw demand increase for our studios and even our storage both domestically and internationally. As the film industry has raised its standards, the need for studios and suitable outdoor sets for filming has increased. Earlier, we looked ahead and purchased land in the Gebze region [in the Marmara province of Kocaeli],”

The group also has multifunctional logistics storage, factory buildings, food production, storage facilities and film studios of between 1,000 and 15,000 square meters that they have rented for $5 to $7 per square meter.

“We offer storage service for foreign and domestic companies. By providing such a vital service, we are satiating our soul’s entrepreneurial hunger.”

Dolmabahçe Palace is in Istanbul, on the European side of the Bosporus. It served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1856 to 1922. Its design is renowned for its eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture.

Mehpeyker Sultan, also known as Kösem Sultan, was famously the most powerful woman in Ottoman history. She was the favorite concubine of Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-1617), and she achieved great power and influenced the course of the Ottoman empire through Sultan Ahmet I, her sons as well as her grandson. »

Source : Hürriyet Daily News

« Turkish soap opera becomes popular in Greece » – Hürriyet Daily News

"Binbir Gece". Source : Hürriyet

« A new trend in Greece comes from Turkey and its name is « Binbir Gece » (Thousand and One Nights), a Turkish soap opera.

The soap focuses on a Turkish love story that has magnetized Greece’s television audience in such a way that the majority of the Greek press speaks about a Turkish invasion of Greek TV. « (…)

Source : http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=turkish-soap-opera-becomes-popular-in-greece-2010-07-18

« Turkish Parliament discusses bill on RTÜK amid opposition » – Hürriyet Daily News

« A government-backed draft on Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, will grant the body further authorization over broadcast supervision, according to opposition parties, who accuse the government of trying to control the media. Ruling party officials, however, reject the claims, arguing the motion is part of EU harmonization laws.

The government-led draft bill on Turkey’s television watchdog, or RTÜK, was discussed in Parliament’s Constitution Commission on Wednesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, who is also responsible for Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council, or RTÜK, said the bill restructured the board and would bring solutions to the institution’s problems.(…) »

Source : Hürriyet Daily News

« Turkish TV series become subject of Bulgarian documentary » – Hürriyet Daily News

 » Bulgarian reporter Kristina Vladimirova has prepared a 15-minute documentary to determine why Turkish TV series have attracted such extraordinary interest in her country. She said the Bulgarian viewers with whom she spoke felt close to the family models in the Turkish series

Several Turkish television series, which began airing on Bulgarian television last summer, have become the subject of a documentary in the country.

More than 10 Turkish TV series, including “Gümüş” (Silver), “Binbir Gece” (1001 Nights), “Yabancı Damat” (The Foreign Groom), “Yaprak Dökümü” (The Fall of Leaves), “Asi” and “Annem” (My Mother) have drawn great interest from Bulgarians. The shows’ high viewer rates have become the subject of a documentary in the country.

In her 15-minute documentary, Kristina Vladimirova, a reporter from the private BTV channel that airs “Gümüş,” “Yabancı Damat” and “Yaprak Dökümü,” talked to scientists and audiences in an attempt to determine why the series have attracted such extraordinary interest.

“When compared to Latin American series, Turkish ones get 50 percent more ratings,” said BTV Program Coordinator Ventzislava Konova.

Given the present dominance of the TV medium, Plamen Bochkov, an anthropologist at New Bulgarian University, said, “If Shakespeare were alive today, he would write scripts for TV series.”

Social psychologist Plamen Dimitrov compared the female characters of Turkish series to heroes in tales such as “Snow White” and “Cinderella,” arguing that the contemporary media has filled the place previously filled by older children’s stories. “There is no emptiness in culture, old children stories have become the themes of TV series,” he said.

Vladimirova said women were always in the background in Latin American TV series because of the strong effect of the Catholic Church. Turkey, however, was a place where modern and traditional worlds met and families were central, she said. “There is a respect for old people in modern Turkish families.”

Vladimirova said the Bulgarian viewers with whom she spoke felt close to the family models in the Turkish series. “The respect for the elderly affected Bulgarians.”

Image of Turks changed

Turkologist Jana Jelyazkova said Bulgarians had different opinions about Turkish people before watching Turkish TV series but that “they have now seen the truth.”

The documentary argues that Turkish TV series have affected Bulgarians’ domestic relations and even name traditions. There are reports that newborn babies were given the names of characters from the series and that Bulgarians’ travel destinations had even changed as well.

“The number of Bulgarian tourists traveling to Turkey has increased by 40 percent. They want to visit the places where TV series are made,” Jelyazkova said.

Source : Hürriyet Daily News

« Students earn scholarships from TV soaps » – Hürriyet Daily News

« Beykent University is a popular location for movie and TV producers for filming. The university is providing scholarships for students in need through the income they receive from movies, soaps and video clips.

The Ayazağa campus of Beykent University often looks more like a movie set than a university. Spotlights light the halls, cafeteria and sometimes even the classrooms of the university, while famous actors and actresses wait for the director to shout “action” while the students look on.

There are difficulties in shooting a film at an educational facility; sometimes a noisy student or background music halts the production. Because of this, action scenes are often left for nighttime. While the classrooms might be used for physics, chemistry, law or sociology during the day, they become the domain of production companies after hours.(…) »

Source : Hürriyet Daily News

« Dizi ekonomisi 1 milyar YTL’ye ulaştı » – Hürriyet

« Bölüm başına maliyetleri 100 ila 300 bin YTL arasında değişen televizyon dizilerinin, reklam ve sponsorluk gelirleriyle birlikte yaklaşık 1 milyar YTL’lik bir ekonomi ortaya çıkardığı belirtildi. (…) »

Source : Hürriyet, 4 octobre 2008